YOUNGSTOWN – A group of trustees of the Youngstown State University Foundation has raised an initial $1.6 million to establish an endowed faculty or executive administrative position in honor of YSU President Jim Tressel and his 35 years of leadership.
“President Tressel’s influence has transformed the institution by raising its stature, reputation and significance to exceptional levels,” said Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata, former chairwoman of the YSU Foundation Board of Trustees. “His ability to convene diverse groups and engage their support behind economic development projects has been a catalytic force behind the Mahoning Valley’s advancement over the past decade.”
The fundraising endeavor was announced Jan. 28 at a press event at the YSU Foundation. Tressel attended the event but was unaware of the fundraising effort or the naming of the endowed chair.
Pictured: YSU President Jim Tressel learns of the $1.6 million gift to the YSU Foundation in honor of his leadership from YSU Foundation Trustees Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata and Anthony Payiavlas.